ALAMEDA -- Sales tax revenue for the city rose slightly between July and September last year compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, with Alameda South Shore Center and part of the Webster Street Business District among the areas where growth was strong.

The revenue totaled about $1.6 million, a 1 percent increase over the previous year, making sales taxes the fourth largest source for the city's General Fund, or the portion of the budget that pays for police and firefighters, as well as for parks, libraries, streets and sidewalks.

Sales taxes at South Shore generated $353,447 for the city, or 21 percent of the total for the quarter, according to a report that will go before the City Council on Tuesday. It was a 7 percent jump over the previous fiscal year.

Sales taxes generated at Harbor Bay Business Park generated $391,418, an 8 percent increase. The Webster Street neighborhood south of Lincoln Avenue jumped 9 percent and totaled $40,070, while the area north of Lincoln saw no measurable change and brought in $107,861.

Revenue generated from sales taxes at the Marina Village Business Park, however, dropped 51 percent to $31,212 compared to the previous fiscal year, a decrease that the city's Finance Director Fred Marsh said was because of changes in business-to-business sales.

Revenue also dropped nine percent in the Northern Waterfront neighborhood to $51,778, which Marsh attributed to a slip in maritime-related sales.


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Fuel and transportation transactions continued as the city's biggest sales tax generator, making up 21 percent of the total raised between July and September last year, the report shows.

Tax revenue generated from building and construction sales remained sluggish, however, providing just $57,116, or three percent of the total.

The report also said Alameda continues to lose sales tax revenue from residents who are spending their money in Oakland, San Leandro and other nearby cities.

The report details sales tax transactions between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2013, or the quarter of the fiscal year which formed the basis for the revenue received by the city between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30, 2013.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.

IF YOU GO
The Alameda City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.